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Melanie Griffith


Miami Vice Character
August 9, 1957, New York City, New York
Don Johnson (1976, divorced, 1989-96, divorced), one daughter
Steven Bauer (1981-87, divorced, one son
Antonio Banderas (1996-2015, divorced), one daughter

Melanie Richards Griffith (born August 9, 1957, New York City, New York) is an American actress who appeared as Christine Von Marburg, socialite, owner of CVM Enterprises/Caprice Escort Service, and girlfriend of James "Sonny" Crockett in the episode "By Hooker by Crook" of the series Miami Vice.


Griffith is the daughter of actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and producer/former actor Peter Griffith. She began her career at two months appearing in TV commercials, then at 12 she appeared in her first movie, Smith, followed by The Harrad Experiment, where she first met Don Johnson. Later she appeared in Night Moves, One on One, and Fear City (with Jon Polito) before her career began looking up after her role in Body Double (with Guy Boyd and Al Israel), which led to appearances in Something Wild and in Working Girl, for which Griffith won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Her movie career went into a slump afterwards, with roles in Pacific Heights (with Boyd, Jerry Hardin and Dan Hedaya), The Bonfire of the Vanities (with Bruce Willis and Norman Parker), Milk Money, Two Much (with Austin Pendleton and Vincent Schiavelli, where Griffith met Antonio Banderas), Another Day In Paradise, Stuart Little 2, Dark Tourist (with Pruitt Taylor Vince), and her most recent movie appearance, The Disaster Artist.

Her TV career started on the show Starsky and Hutch (with Paul Michael Glaser, David Soul, and Antonio Fargas), followed by roles in Vega$, the movie RKO 281 (for which she received an Emmy nomination), Twins, the short-lived Viva Laughlin, Nip/Tuck, Hot in Cleveland, Hawaii Five-0, and her most recent TV appearance, The Path.

Personal Life

Griffith and Johnson married in 1976 but divorced six months later. She later married actor Steven Bauer (Scarface) in 1981 and divorced in 1987, they have one son, Alexander (born 1985). Griffith, who up to then had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, checked herself into rehab in 1988, and reconciled with Johnson, and sobered up. They remarried in June, 1989, and they had a daughter, Dakota (born in October 1989). In 1995 Griffith left Johnson due to his own substance abuse problems, and divorced in 1996. She later married Banderas that same year until their 2015 divorce, and they have a daughter, Stella, in 1998, but continued to battle substance abuse and went into rehab twice, in 2000 and 2009. In 2006 Griffith's daughter Dakota appeared as Miss Golden Globe, just as her mother did in 1975, and went on to her own stardom in the Fifty Shades trilogy.